Oh, the Bahamas. It feels like such a lifetime ago that we went on the most fun trip to Nassau, when in reality, it has only been a short two months since we returned. My best friend, Becca & her mama, WON THE TRIP on Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways. Isn’t that nuts!? Who gets to say that Ellen freaking Degeneres gifted them a trip to a tropical island and ten thousand star resort?!! My bestie, thats who! My husband and I were the luckiest of all people, because Becca’s sweet and generous as heck mother gifted us her trip. WHAT?!!!? I don’t know what I will ever do to repay her for her generosity, but I have a few ideas on how to start. Anyway, we stayed at the most beautiful resort, which is pretty new, called Baha Mar (linked here). They had about 1000 pools, a casino, 364312 restaurants, and really gorgeous accommodations. I am exaggerating a bit on the pools and restaurants, but it was really a lot! The resort has converted a bunch of airstreams into the cutest food trucks on the beach, has FLAMINGOS for you to admire, and even a sanctuary with a grotto where you can also admire sting rays, nurse sharks, and sea turtles. I can’t even describe how cool that was. We spent our days by the beach and pool, and our afternoons walking next-door to the Daiquiri Shack, which was always well worth it. Who knew that a plum daiquiri was the best flavor ever? You are welcome. Our bahamas dream trip lasted from Sunday to Friday, and I really wanted to gift Becca + Luke a nice set of portraits from our trip, so by Wednesday evening, we had been around the resort enough for me to pick out some lovely portrait locations, and we set out to create some beautiful images. I loved how many different natural backgrounds we were able to get – it really looks like we were at at least 4 different locations, but these were all taken on resort. Here are a few of my favorites!!!
Every summer, we spend as many weekends as possible on camping adventures. We went all in a few years ago and purchased an RV, and promised ourselves that we would use it! As a child, my family had a pull behind camper, and we frequented different campgrounds throughout the state, and I always remember those trips with such fondness, that I somehow convinced my husband we needed to do the same thing. Luckily, he bought into my wild plans, and here we are! Three years later, we have been on dozens of weekend, and week-long camping trips. We have been to various lakes and river campgrounds, but our favorite place of all is on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in Cape Charles. It is one of the few places in Virginia where you actually get to see a sunset over ocean-like water, which is always a stunner. Getting to Cape Charles is a feat in and of itself. The campground has a boat launch, but no marina/slips so we have to launch the boat every single time we want to take it out. This means we have to bring my car. So I drive separately, but have yet to agree to tow the boat, so poor Zac has to drive the RV and tow the boat…its like 60 feet long. As if this weren’t challenging enough, in order to get to Cape Charles, we have to cross one of the most frightening wonders of the world – the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The CBBT is a 20-mile long bridge with two underwater tunnels. The tunnels have one lane of traffic going each direction, just to spice it up a bit, and I get nervous in my car towing nothing, so I can’t even imagine how Zac feels with the bus boat mammoth mobile. Apparently in 1965 the CBBT was designated as one of the 7 engineering wonders of the modern world, and with good reason, because I can’t even imagine what went into building the monstrosity. I mean it has a restaurant in the middle. And a pier. So yeah, its pretty intense. Anyway, getting to Cape Charles takes a bit of work, but we just keep going back for more. We have been at least six times now (once in a minor hurricane), and are always planning the next trip. Every time we are in town, we find ourselves looking at real estate listings and driving around looking at the realty signs on the houses in town. Its a quaint and welcoming place, and they have the best ice cream shop, probably on the planet, and we somehow seem to excel at catching sharks in the bay (nothing else, though, and don’t worry we not only release ALL sharks caught and remove the hooks), which the kids LOVE, so that is enough for me. We were lucky enough to spend Labor Day Weekend this year in Cape Charles with some of our favorite friends. We caught 6 sharks this trip (4 more got away!), second only to our last trip in July where we caught 8, ate Brown Dog Ice Cream twice, and had the best time, as always. Here are a few of my favorite images from our trip!
To kick off the summer this year, I sat down with the boys as school was letting out for the summer, and we came up with a bucket list of summer activities. They were able to think up about 17 activities that they wanted to do this summer, most of it completely attainable. We have been able to cross off a large amount of items over the summer, including blowing our 5 shark goal out of the water (pun fully intended) and catching a whopping 8 sharks in a single trip to our favorite spot in Cape Charles, VA. We have made s’mores each Friday, visited the zoo, done “lots of camping,” hosted play dates, and we have scheduled an outdoor movie party, and are making our way through the third Harry Potter book one chapter at a time, among other things to fulfill our list.